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Sex While Pregnant: What’s safe, what’s not, what can I expect?

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Sex While Pregnant: What’s safe, what’s not, what can I expect?

Having sex while pregnant might be different, but in most cases it’s safe and healthy! For some people, it’s better not to have sex when you’re pregnant. If you have certain issues during your pregnancy or a history of them, your doctor might recommend you avoid sex during pregnancy.

Will having sex when I’m pregnant hurt the baby?

Having sex when you’re pregnant doesn’t hurt the baby or the person carrying it. The cervix separates the vagina from the uterus. The baby is cushioned within the uterus by a protective layer of a liquid called amniotic fluid. Until labour, when the cervix opens, it’s not possible to touch the baby from the vagina.

Experts say that having sex during pregnancy won’t cause a miscarriage. Most experts also say that receiving oral sex is safe during pregnancy. However some suggest not to receive oral sex in the third trimester because getting genital herpes late in a pregnancy can be risky for the baby.

Is having sex while pregnant different?

Sex while pregnant can be different. Your body can change a lot during pregnancy. It’s common for your nipples and genitals to be more sensitive. Changes in your thoughts and mood are also common, which can affect how you feel about sex.

Pregnancy can be a great time to get creative about sex and think outside the box. Sex can also help you connect with your partner(s) and feel grounded in your body. Trying new positions, using pillows, props, or toys, and being patient can make sex more comfortable. If you get frustrated, it can help to listen to your body, slow down and go easy on yourself.

It’s common for people to feel more sexual when they’re pregnant. But many other people experience soreness, swelling, nausea, mood changes or tiredness which might make them not want to have sex at all. How you feel about sex can also change throughout your pregnancy!

What if I don’t want to have sex?

It’s common and OK to not want sex like you used to, especially if you aren’t feeling well. In the first trimester of pregnancy, when morning sickness is common, you might feel too nauseated for sex. People often start feeling less sick in the second trimester and may want to have sex again. It’s also not unusual for people to want less sex in their third trimester, when they might feel tired and swollen.

If you’re not feeling into having sex, it can help to talk to your partner and let them know how you’re feeling. You can always take a break or say “no” to sex whenever you want to.

When should I talk to my doctor about sex while pregnant?

If you have bleeding, abnormal discharge, or pain, it’s best to check in with your doctor. Your doctor may tell you to avoid sex if your cervix is opening too early or you have issues with your placenta. It’s also important to check in with a doctor if you have a history of preterm labour or premature birth.

Can I still get STIs while pregnant?

Pregnancy doesn’t protect you from STIs. So it’s still important to practice safer sex to lower your chance of getting an STI.

In Canada, your doctor will ask you to do an STI test early in your pregnancy. They might also ask to test you again during the pregnancy.

STIs can harm you and your baby if they aren’t treated. If you’re pregnant and have an STI, a doctor can discuss your options for how to keep you and your baby healthy.

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